Five in the live well

Scott County’s Cainaan Halsey, left, and Tyler Sammons show off the Saturday catch that vaulted them to a finish of 47th place in the KHSAA bass fishing state championship.

Scott County’s bass fishing tandem of Tyler Sammons and Cainaan Halsey bounced back in style in Saturday’s final round of the KHSAA state championship, gaining 20 spots to finish 47th out of 90 teams in the competition on Kentucky Lake.

With Melinda Halsey serving as boat captain, the two Cardinals topped Friday’s catch of 5 pounds, 13 ounces by bringing in 10 pounds, 10 ounces on Saturday.

Scott County High School earned a spot in the proceedings for the second straight year with Sammons and Halsey’s finish in the regional competition at Lake Cumberland two weeks ago.

The duo’s two-day catch totaled 16 pounds, 7 ounces. Their largest bass the second day weighed in at 3-6.

Shawn Coots and Trent Keltner of South Laurel captured the state title with a two-day haul of 32-13. 

SCHS shoots 35th at NASP nationals 

Scott County scholastic archery teams capped an outstanding season with a strong performance at the NASP national championship meet in Louisville over the weekend.

Highlighting the local contingent was a 35th place finish by Scott County High School.

Hayden Davis was the top Cardinal, placing No. 85 in the country. Luke Hawkins landed No. 113 in the final rundown.

Scott County Middle School also finished in the top 100, taking 77th of teams in its division.

Stamping Ground placed 153rd and Eastern 167th out of entries in the elementary division.

Georgetown Middle School checked in 223rd.

More than 15,000 archers were represented in the tournament, a number that speaks to Scott County’s across-the-board accomplishments in the       showcase.

Four of the top 10 high school teams hailed from Kentucky.

The tournament closes the high school career for 10 SCHS seniors who were the first group ever to shoot for Scott County as elementary students.

That class, listed alphabetically with career-high scores in parentheses: Will Atkins (282), Sydney Beebe (289), Sophia Bingham (291), Chelsea Creech (290), Luke Hawkins (292), Aidan Johnson (275), Yo Kumagai (279), Abby Marsh (284), Kaley Walls (284) and Sara Williams (282).

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